Re: The blood belongs to God
- what the HELL does this have to do with sacred landscapes?
just gets on my nerves so bad to see people vomiting religion everywhere they go.
--- In email@example.com, "Daniel N. Washburn" <danw@...> wrote:
> Let us for a moment assume that the passion narrative is pretty much
> historically true. Jesus knew from disciples like Nicodemus and Joseph
> of Arimathea, who were spies in the power structure, that there had
> been a decision taken to kill him and later he knew that Judas had
> betrayed him and was leading the authorities to him at a certain hour.
> Because he believed that his death would be followed within days by the
> resurrection of the dead and he felt God was calling him to do it, he
> decided to sacrifice himself to bring in the Reign of God.
> Hence he went up to Jerusalem predicting his death and the immediate
> beginning of the resurrection.
> The expulsion of the money changers was a deliberate provocation to get
> the authorities to arrest and execute him.
> At the last supper he knew about Judas and said one of you will betray me.
> He knew that Judas would come to Gethsemane at a certain hour, hence he
> says the one who is going to betray me is coming now.
> He did not defend himself at the trial because he wanted to be executed.
> He predicts the destruction of the temple. He doesn't say so but this
> will be a part of the resurrection--God shifts from the Temple into the
> hearts of men.
> During the last supper he is saying I am the sacrifice--eat the flesh of
> the sacrifice, drink the blood of the sacrifice. In the Temple the
> priests eat the flesh of the sacrifice but only God eats the flesh and
> drinks the blood.
> He is saying the Holy Spirit lives in you now and in the Kingdom God
> will live in you fully. My sacrifice whll bring about the destruction
> of this world and the fullness of God in your hearts. I offer up my
> body to the God in you.
> I suspect that he thought his sacrifice would spare his disciples the
> tribulation, the final period of suffering before the end of days--his
> execution would initiate the resurrection of the dead.
> My question is, why would he be so convinced that his death would bring
> on the resurrection of the dead?
> Any ideas?